Ph.D. in HEALTH & HUMAN PERFORMANCE

The Ph.D. in HHP is aligned directly with the College mission as a single college-wide Ph.D. program, with six concentrations that are housed and administered by the three departments, according to the following organizational structure:


Applied Physiology and Kinesiology (APK):  Ph.D. students in APK study the immediate and lasting effects of exercise and its use in disease prevention and rehabilitation as well as fundamental mechanisms within muscle biology, cardiovascular function, motor neuroscience, biomechanics, environmental physiology, sports medicine and emotion regulation. APK Ph.D. concentrations include Exercise Physiology and Biobehavioral Science, with further specializations in biomechanics, motor control and learning, performance psychology, and sports medicine / athletic training.

Health Education & Behavior (HEB):  Ph.D. students in HEB systematically investigate health promotion strategies aimed at modifying behaviors which will improve individual, family, workplace, and community health and well-being. The HEB Ph.D. concentration is in Health Behavior.

Sport Management (SPM): SPM Ph.D. students study the impact of professional and amateur sports in society. The SPM Ph.D. concentration is in Sport Management.

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (RPT): RPT Ph.D. students study the impact of tourism, recreation activities, ecotourism, parks and beaches on the personal, social, economic, environmental and resource infrastructures of society. The RPT Ph.D. concentration is in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism.


>>To learn more about our HHP Doctoral Program, click here to view our Ph.D. Grad Handbook.

Integration of the College and University missions is reflected in the preamble to the HHP College Constitution: “serving our state, country, globe, and its citizens through teaching, research, creative scholarship, and service for the purpose of helping people protect, maintain, and improve their health, fitness, and quality of life.”  In addition to the fine work they do while at UF, our Ph.D. students extend the HHP and UF missions by leaving the university to obtain entry level professorial and post-doctoral positions at research intensive universities and federal agencies, as well as careers in the health, tourism, and management industries.